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The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! 7:30 pm
The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! @ Bluffton University
May 1 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will celebrate 100 years of May Day theatrical performances with five mini-shows in one from April 30-May 2. “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” is an affectionate parody of musical theater greats by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart. The show, which opened off-Broadway in 2003, incorporates five takes on the same basic plot — the young ingenue can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her landlord; will the handsome leading man come to her aid? Vignettes include “Corn,” in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein; “A Little Complex,” Stephen Sondheim; “Dear Abby,” Jerry Herman (composer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame”); “Aspects of Junita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber; and “Speakeasy,” Kander and Ebb (composers of “Cabaret” and “Chicago”).
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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 2 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
19th Annual Fish Festival 7:30 am
19th Annual Fish Festival @ Riverbend Recreation Area
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its 19th annual youth fishing event. Trout stocking will take place prior to the event courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Fishing will be allowed by bank only. Children must do the fishing, but limited adult assistance is permitted. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers are asked to take home the first five trout they catch. No catch and release is permitted. Live bait will be for sale on site. The Fish Festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extremely threatening weather conditions. Throughout the morning, registered participant names will be drawn for random prize drawings and must be present to win. Sponsors of this year’s fish festival are ODNR Division of Wildlife, WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. Food concession will also be available by the Findlay Area Civitan Club in Shelter 4. For ages 4 to 15, with an adult companion. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., festival begins at 8 a.m.
The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! 7:30 pm
The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! @ Bluffton University
May 2 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will celebrate 100 years of May Day theatrical performances with five mini-shows in one from April 30-May 2. “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” is an affectionate parody of musical theater greats by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart. The show, which opened off-Broadway in 2003, incorporates five takes on the same basic plot — the young ingenue can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her landlord; will the handsome leading man come to her aid? Vignettes include “Corn,” in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein; “A Little Complex,” Stephen Sondheim; “Dear Abby,” Jerry Herman (composer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame”); “Aspects of Junita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber; and “Speakeasy,” Kander and Ebb (composers of “Cabaret” and “Chicago”).
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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 3 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
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Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings 6:00 pm
Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
If you love to paint or draw outdoors, the Plein Air Artists group is just for you! This program is open to all artists, from professional to interested and enthusiastic amateurs, who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Artists should plan to bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. The coordinator will be available each session to answer questions In case of rain, the session will be cancelled. This event is for teens and adults
Elmwood HS band concert 7:00 pm
Elmwood HS band concert @ Jerry City Park
May 7 @ 7:00 pm
The Elmwood High School Concert Band will be performing an outdoor “Americana Concert” in the park in Jerry City. For this special performance, the band will be performing selections of patriotic and well-known American folk songs, as well as other American works for concert band. Additionally, the band will be joined by members of the Elmwood High School Concert Choir. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. to this event. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved into the gymnasium, located inside the high school.
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Pizza Party & Planetarium Show 6:00 pm
Pizza Party & Planetarium Show @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Families will enjoy pizza and drinks inside the Discovery Center, followed by a planetarium show. Saturn will be closest to Earth and the Moon will be soon be a new one. Visitors will look for those things and search for the constellations that make up the hunting dogs, hair and the crow. Participants must sit on floor and may bring along a pillow if they wish. Ask about handicap accessibility. Recommended for those ages 5 and up, Register with $5 per person by Thursday, May 7.
Spring Fling 7:30 pm
Spring Fling @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 8 @ 7:30 pm
The Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling will be held on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The cabaret-style program features solo, ensemble and full group performances by the VIP freshman show choir members and accompanying instrumentalists, The Rippers. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Senior citizens with a Findlay City Schools pass receive free admission. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. VIP and The Rippers will perform their spring show, which includes the following selections: “De-Lovely,” “Dance With Me Tonight,” “Make Them Hear You” and “Get On Your Feet.” The group recently represented Findlay High School in Chicago performing in exhibition at The Field Museum of Natural History in April.
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Spring canoe trip 9:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 16 @ 9:00 am
This is a popular half-day trip, and rightly so. At 9.3 miles, it is scenic, it has no foreseeable obstacles or portages, and there are narrow sections and riffles to make it interesting and fun. Wildlife sightings are commonplace. Without stops and with two strong paddlers, this trip should take approximately 3 hours. If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 17. Meet at 9 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Liberty Landing via the HPD Shuttle Service. This canoe trip is for a parent and child age 12-14 with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form. Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total. One parent and one child per canoe. Register by Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring lunch, snacks, and water or Gatorade in a small cooler (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoe, life vests, paddles, and shuttle service will be provided.
God and Country 7:00 pm
God and Country @ D.O.C.K. at St Mark's United Methodist Church
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
The Old Millstream Ringers English handbell ensemble, under the combined direction of Martha Avery and Gail Malloy, will present “God and Country,” a presentation of both sacred and patriotic music.
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Findlay High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestra finale concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestra finale concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a finale spring concert on Monday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert by performing three selections: “Two Spirituals,” “Finale from Serenade No. 9″ and “Tango Espressivo.” The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1987, is composed of a select group of 20 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Friday afternoons throughout the year and performs challenging music written specifically for chamber groups. Denise Mojica will perform a piano solo, “Fantasie Impromptu” by Frederic Chopin. The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 72 students, will perform six selections at the concert, including “Marche Slav” by P. Tchaikowsky and “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith. The train piece is based on a famous incident that took place during the Civil War. In April 1862, a group of Northern soldiers called Andrews Raiders stole a train in Georgia and took it north toward Tennessee, damaging rail lines along the way. The raiders included four men from Hancock County who were later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Two of the selections the orchestra will perform at the concert were also performed at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Contest where they received an “Excellent” rating from a panel of judges. The two selections are: “Brandenburg Sinfonia” by J.S. Bach, and “Galileo’s Vision” by Ralph Ford. The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant director Anita Schaible. This is Pressel’s 22nd year teaching orchestra at the high school.
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Findlay High School Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Extravabandza @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 19 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools’ Music Department will present the annual “Extravabandza” Concert at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell at R.L. Heminger Auditorium on May 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Performing in the concert are the Findlay High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The FHS Concert Band will be performing “Mechanism” and “To the Moon.” Wind Ensemble selections will include “The Liberty Bell,” “Music for a Darkened Theater,” “When You Believe” from “The Prince of Egypt” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The two ensembles will then combine to perform selections from “The Lion King,” “The Best of Journey” and will close the concert with “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The combined bands will also offer the premier performance of “Summon the Trojans,” a new composition by University of Findlay Director of Bands Jack Taylor. This piece was commissioned in honor of the Findlay High School Band and for Tim Mattis, who will be retiring at the end of May after 21 years of service to Findlay City Schools. The FHS Bands are directed by Mattis and Dan Wilson. The concert is free and open to the public, although a free will donation will be collected to benefit the music department.
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Findlay High School spring choir concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School spring choir concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 20 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School freshman, concert, and symphonic choirs will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in R. L. Heminger Auditorium. All three choirs recently earned a superior rating — the highest given by the Ohio Music Education Association — at the state adjudicated competition. The choirs will sing all of their contest literature as well as joining together for the finale, “God Bless America.” The high school choirs are under the direction of Kevin Manley and Tim Mattis. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
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Art in the Park: Nature Journaling 7:00 pm
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join artist, naturalist and HPD volunteer Sharon Hammer Baker for workshops to explore nature journaling techniques, including observation skills, sketching, drawing, painting and writing. Work from live and mounted wildlife as well as fresh and collected materials from the parks to enhance the experience. Participants should bring a sketch book and drawing supplies. This event is for teens and adults.
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Telescopes 101 8:00 pm
Telescopes 101 @ Riverbend Park
May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Don Trinko of the Millstream Astronomy Club will be presenting a program on telescopes. He will be discussing the basic characteristics of different types of telescopes. Items he will talk about are the advantages and disadvantages of each type and what they cost. After the talk, there will be a viewing session with the club’s telescopes as along as viewing conditions are favorable. All ages are welcome!
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Vernal Pools 1:00 pm
Vernal Pools @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out to the park and learn all about vernal pools. Who lives in the vernal pool and what do they feed on? Why are they important to our ecosystem? There will be a movie, activities and a hike to look at vernal pools. Come prepared to do some wadding if the water is high enough to find those little creatures in the pool. All ages are welcome
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Hiking for Ice Cream 1:00 pm
Hiking for Ice Cream @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Let’s hike through the woods at Oakwoods to work up an appetite for a sweet treat! Without things from nature it would be hard to enjoy one of the most popular frozen treats. After a hike, meet back in the Discovery Center to make a tasty snack and top it with some of nature’s treats. All ages are welcome!